Lapeer County Man arrested for online threats of Terrorism

LAPEER COUNTY, MI – On November 21st, 2014, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at the residence of Phillip Most, 31-years-old, on N. Van DykPhillip Moste Road in Imlay City (Lapeer County’s Goodland Township).

Phillip Most had an outstanding valid probation violation warrant issued by the 71-A District Court of Lapeer.

Deputies paid a visit to the residence with a search warrant on November 21st, 2014.  Authorities did attempt to enter the residence to locate and arrest Phillip Most on the outstanding arrest warrant.

Phillip Most did not cooperate with Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies after diligent attempts to facilitate his surrender. Deputies eventually entered the residence and took Phillip Most into custody.

Phillip Most was arrested with additional criminal charges of resisting and obstructing police and possession of marijuana issued after the encounter. Phillip Most was released from the Lapeer County Jail on bond.

On Tuesday December 16th, 2014, it is alleged that Phillip Most posted comments on Facebook concerning Judge Michael Higgins . Phillip Most posted intentions of killing Judge Higgins during a court appearance on Friday December 19th, 2014 and also making comments of casualties if the Lapeer County Sheriff executes another search warrant at his residence (referring to Castle Law and threatening to assassinate violators).

Due to the Facebook posting and the nature of the threats, there was an arrest warrant issued for Phillip Most for violating the conditions of his bond. The Lapeer County Sheriff sought and obtained a secondary search warrant for Phillip’s Most’s residence to arrest him on this warrant on December 16th, 2014.

Due to the nature of the threats, the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Special Response Team executed the search warrant.

During the evening hours of Tuesday December 16th, 2014, Special Response Team members utilizing the protection of the MRAP armored vehicle visited Phillip Most’s residence.

Team members and investigators were able to establish communication with Phillip Most and facilitate an agreement in which he left the residence and peacefully surrendered. The peaceful surrender occurred within 10 minutes of the original operation starting.

The Special Response Team was a tactical operation with the objective to protective lives and resolve this encounter in a peaceful manner. This strategy was considered successful with no reported events transpiring.

Phillip Most was lodged in the Lapeer County Jail for bond violation. The Facebook postings remained under investigation and additional criminal charges were considered as result of the incident.

After consideration, the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office issued the criminal charge of Threat of Terrorism and using a computer in the commission of a crime against Phillip Most on December 24th, 2014.

A preliminary examination occurred in the 71-A District Court in Lapeer on Thursday January 8th, 2015. Phillip Most was bound over on all charges to the 40th Circuit Court of Lapeer.

Phillip Most remains incarcerated in the Lapeer County Jail with a $250,000 bond with next scheduled court appearance on February 2nd, 2015.